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Governmental membershipIceland has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since April 2023.
General information on higher education
Icelandic higher education institutions (HEI) operate under the law 63/2006 on universities and 85/2008 on public universities.
National external quality assurance requirements
The Minister of Education, Science and Culture grants accreditation to HEI that fulfil the criteria laid down in national legislation as well as internationally accepted criteria. The external quality assurance is run by the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education according to the Quality Enhancement Framework.
Institution Wide Reviews
All institutions go through an institution-wide review within a seven year cycle. The focus of the reviews is on the effectiveness of the institution’s arrangements for quality and research.
Within each cycle, all institutions are required to conduct reviews covering each of their subject areas.
EHEA key commitment
Partially aligned with the ESG
A fully functioning quality assurance system is in operation nationwide but only some higher education institutions are subject to regular external quality assurance by an agency that has successfully demonstrated compliance with the ESG through registration on EQAR
Cross-border quality assurance
Not recognising foreign agencies as part of the national external QA requirements
European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes
European Approach not available to higher education institutions